About

Sundown Roughneck Band
The "Pride of the Oil Patch"

The award-winning Sundown Roughneck Band, under the direction of Mike Glaze and Georgann Weisgerber, is located in Sundown, Texas, approximately 40 miles southwest of Lubbock. The band program, part of the Sundown Independent School District, boasts one of Texas' longest standing traditions of musical excellence.  Few schools achieve and enjoy the level of success and accomplishment earned by this band. They have received the coveted UIL Sweepstakes Award for first division ratings in marching, concert, and sight-reading 50 times including consecutively for the past 29 years. The "Pride of the Oil Patch" has advanced to the UIL State Marching Contest 21 times, appearing in the finals each of those years and placing among the top three on fifteen occasions.  The band captured its seventh state championship in 2011.  On five occasions, the Roughneck Band has been chosen to represent the state of Texas at the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, DC.

Sundown elementary students receive regular music instruction through the fourth grade.  All SISD students become part of the band program starting in the fifth grade and continue as part of the middle school band in the sixth and seventh grades.  The high school band consists of students who choose to participate in grades eight through twelve.  High quality instruments are provided for all students participating in the Roughneck band program.